Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that is prevalent in six percent of the South African population and often goes undiagnosed. Our doctors offer vital information and advice on the disease.

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Glucose intolerance and insulin-related conditions

Posted on 30 November 2016

We asked Dr Jacques van Staden, a GP at Mediclinic George who specialises in diabetes, about insulin-related conditions other than diabetes and how to spot them. The umbrella term for these conditions is glucose intolerance, meaning your body does not tolerate glucose well.

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Diabetes: a growing problem

Posted on 31 October 2016

The incidence of type 2 diabetes is on the rise, says Dr Jacques van Staden, a GP at Mediclinic George who specialises in diabetes. It is also striking people earlier on in their lives as they lead sedentary lifestyles and follow diets laden with starch. But there are ways that we can stop this epidemic in its tracks.

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Five myths about diabetes

Posted on 15 June 2016

Type 2 diabetes is one of the modern world’s fastest-growing diseases. But as it spreads, so too do the myths around it. Tracy Ugarchund, a dietician at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, sets the record straight.

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Delicious recipes to help lower your risk of diabetes

Posted on 13 January 2016

During Diabetes Awareness Month in November 2015, we ran a competition, asking you to select three magnesium-rich ingredients from our list of 12. Four entrants then had their ingredients turned into a delicious recipe by Abigail Donnelly and the overall winner’s recipe was featured on Expresso. Here are those recipes for you to download and try.

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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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Manage diabetes with strength training

Posted on 30 November 2015

The second-best way to manage diabetes is by managing your diet. The best way is to manage your diet and start a strength-training programme.

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When to get tested for diabetes

Posted on 10 November 2015

November is Diabetes Awareness Month – here’s why and where you should get tested.

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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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Understanding kidney disease

Posted on 5 February 2015

Dr Derek Miller, a physician and kidney specialist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, answers your FAQs about the causes of kidney disease.

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A healthy, happy pregnancy – with diabetes

Posted on 3 February 2015

if you have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it’s entirely possible to have a relaxed, healthy pregnancy.

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Getting to grips with a diabetes diagnosis

Posted on 8 January 2015

I’m currently in my third month of being a type 2 diabetic and it’s been quite a journey so far…

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Living with type 1 diabetes

Posted on 23 December 2014

Bridget McNulty, editor of Sweet Life magazine, shares her journey of living with type 1 diabetes.

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Type 1 diabetes: what’s on the menu?

Posted on 11 November 2014

If your child has Type 1 diabetes, it can often feel like every kind of food is off the menu. Fortunately, dietician Dr Ilsabe Spoelstra has some ideas.

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Diabetic foot care

Posted on 5 November 2014

A diagnosis of diabetes brings with it a number of new precautions that a patient should take.

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Type 2 diabetes – know the facts

Posted on 23 October 2014

Diabetes is more prevalent in South Africa than we could ever imagine. Know the facts to avoid becoming a statistic.

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The balancing actress

Posted on 7 July 2014

Keketso Semoko talks about the many balls she juggles as she walks the fine line that is living with type 2 diabetes.

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Diabetic meals

Posted on 27 May 2014

Diabetic and award-winning foodie Abigail Donnelly shares three delicious recipes.

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Diabetes 101

Posted on 24 April 2014

Dr Magan shares his insight on diabetes and discusses the trends in developing countries.

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Type 1 vs type 2 diabetes

Posted on 20 March 2014

Find out what the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes is here.

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Testing for diabetes

Posted on 12 November 2013

Have you been screened for diabetes? Here are the different tests you may have to be tested for diabetes.

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Feet and leg care for diabetics

Posted on 17 October 2013

If you’re diabetic, it’s very important to look after your feet and legs.

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Eating for diabetes

Posted on 25 July 2013

Abigail Donnelly explains how you can make healthier food choices.

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Do you have diabetic retinopathy?

Posted on 23 April 2013

Don’t delay – treatment for diabetic retinopathy could save your eyesight.

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